20 November 2019 - 22 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ב חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Israeli artifacts on display in China E-mail

A new international exhibition titled “Bronze Age Mesopotamia and the Chengdu Plain”, which opened in China on 21 October, includes Israeli historical artifacts displayed in the country for the first time.

Hosted at the Sichuan University Museum, the exhibition focuses on the two ancient civilisations that developed at the opposite extremities of Asia: Mesopotamia in the Middle East and the Chendu Valley in East Asia. Scholars define the Bronze Age as taking place between 3,300 BCE to 1,200 BCE.

The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem – the only one of its kind dedicated to the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective has loaned 15 artifacts to the exhibit.

Through objects such as cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals and a statuette made of precious blue lapis lazuli, visitors discover the way of life, the royal institutions and the rituals that characterised the ancient Mesopotamian civilisation. The exhibition also includes dozens of artifacts on loan from various museums in China and from the Yale Peabody Museum in the US.

The exhibit has been constructed in such a way to offer visitors a comparative view of two Bronze Age civilisations – separated by 5,500 kilometres (3,400 miles) – and in regions that witnessed the development of rich cultures.

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